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Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?

Mrrzy 05 Jul 01 - 12:28 PM
IanC 05 Jul 01 - 12:35 PM
Les from Hull 05 Jul 01 - 12:36 PM
Night Owl 05 Jul 01 - 01:05 PM
Mrrzy 05 Jul 01 - 02:09 PM
McGrath of Harlow 06 Jul 01 - 06:52 AM
Drumshanty 06 Jul 01 - 07:46 AM
GUEST,Rochelle 31 Mar 12 - 12:33 AM
Little Robyn 31 Mar 12 - 04:25 AM
GUEST,Betty Sackett Rossi 04 Apr 13 - 11:36 AM
GUEST,Mark 19 Apr 13 - 01:25 PM
GUEST,Paul Smith 18 May 13 - 07:25 PM
GUEST,Emily 16 Dec 16 - 08:13 PM
Mrrzy 17 Dec 16 - 08:33 AM
GUEST,Gail 10 Jun 17 - 12:40 PM
GUEST,dischmid 08 Mar 18 - 09:23 PM
GUEST,Rivereclown..learned from my sister and her 11 Mar 18 - 08:30 AM
GUEST,Joanne 11 Jun 18 - 11:17 AM
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Subject: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 12:28 PM

It's a song to accompany a single child throwing a ball against a wall, and catching it. Every throw you do something fancy and different. I learned this as a small child, but my sisters already knew, and nobody knows where they learned it, anybody know?

Mimsies
Clapsies
Twirl the ball
Touch my backsies
Right hand
Left hand
High as the sky
Low as the sea
Touch my knee
Touch my heel
Touch my toe
Under we go!

And then when you repeat, you do Clapsies on every throw in addition to what the rhyme says, and so on. It has a definite tune that isn't the same as anything else I know.


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: IanC
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 12:35 PM

This sounds like Plansies Clapsies.

Apparently there is a version of this in "An American Methodology" by Lamar Robertson and Ann Eisen. I don't have a copy, though.

Cheers!
Ian


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 12:36 PM

There are lots of these ball rhymes, skipping rhymes passed on from child to child with little or no adult help. There's a good book by the Opies (Peter and Iona) about this and someone'll be along in a minute to tell you all about it!


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: Night Owl
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 01:05 PM

Version I learned (from the older kids)

Plainsies
Clapsies
Roll the ball (??)
Tabapsies...(tap both shoulders)
Highkasies
Lowkasies
Touch my knees
Touch my toes
Over my shoulder...(ball thrown while facing backwards) And away we go...(twirl around)

Mrrzy.thanks for the memories!! I have to go to work now and pretend to be an "adult"..........


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Jul 01 - 02:09 PM

You're welcome, Night Owl! It kinda sprang fully-remembered from my brain the other day, I hadn't thought about it in, say, 30+ years... definitely sounds like the same song. Are you in the UK, which would make it very interesting? And I'll look forward to hearing from the "someones" with those references...


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 06 Jul 01 - 06:52 AM

Children's Games in Street and Playground Iona and Peter Opie - it's out of print, of course. That's how it goes.

And here is a nice little school website about playground games that I came across. I think there are quite a few like this.


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: Drumshanty
Date: 06 Jul 01 - 07:46 AM

My mum (Scottish) taught me more or less the same thing but with two balls. That was about 25 years ago mind you - I don't think I could do it now but I have a sudden urge to try. I also distinctly remember my dad, who is from Belfast, telling me that it was the same game as the weegirls in his street played.

Tracy


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Rochelle
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 12:33 AM

My version I learned as a child growing up in Newton MASS was

Plainsies, clapsies, roll the ball to bapsies, right hand, left hand, high ball, low ball, touch my knee, touch my toe, touch my heel and under we go !!!!

It boggles my mind that I still remember this childhood memory... I played it all the time.

Miss those innocent days.


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 31 Mar 12 - 04:25 AM

In the 50s, here in NZ we said:
Plainsies, clapsies,
Twirly whirley, backsies,
Right hand, left hand,
Under the arch, through the trees,
Jump the fence, touch the ground,
Turn around, curtsies.

The kids today don't seem to know it so I recently tried to teach my grandaughter but she's only 6 and has bother even catching balls at the moment. Maybe next year.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Betty Sackett Rossi
Date: 04 Apr 13 - 11:36 AM

I don't know who taught it to us, but we said:
Plainsies, clapsies, roll the ball, to bapsies, right hand, left hand, touch my knee, touch my toe, touch my heel and away we go. Once upon a time, a million years ago! How sad that the kids today don't play outside.


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 19 Apr 13 - 01:25 PM

For us it went:

Plainsies [toss ball in the air and catch it]
Clapsies [toss ball in the air, clap twice, and catch it]
Twirl about [toss ball in the air, spin around, and catch it]
To bapsies [or some word like that. Toss ball, touch opposite shoulders, catch ball]
Right hand [toss and catch ball with right hand]
Left hand [same with left hand]
Touch your knee [toss ball, touch knee, catch ball]
Touch your toe   [toss ball, touch toe, catch ball]
Touch your heel [toss ball, touch heel, catch ball]
And away we go. [toss ball between legs; catch ball]

Repeat the cycle - but with two claps after each toss.
Repeat the cycle - but spin around after each toss.
Etc. until you toss the ball between your legs each time.

Once you miss, you have to start over.


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Paul Smith
Date: 18 May 13 - 07:25 PM

At 1.22 in this old BFI film you can see and hear a child playing it
http://youtu.be/9DrGijdmBqU


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Emily
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 08:13 PM

In Brooklyn, NY in the early 60s....
A Mimi
A claps you
I roll my hands
Touch backs
My right hand
My left hand
A high ball
A low ball
Touch my knee
Touch my toe
Touch my heel
And over I go

One cold would do this with a pink "spaldeen" ball.
I just taught it to my grandchildren!


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 Dec 16 - 08:33 AM

Wow, blast from the past. It was a solitaire game, for me, when my sisters wouldn't play with me. I need a little kid to teach this to!


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Gail
Date: 10 Jun 17 - 12:40 PM

So interesting to see the different versions! I've recently been trying to recall all details of this little rhyming game we played with a pink Spaulding ball. Thank you for helping me remember the few lines I was missing!
Our solitaire ball game was very similar to "GUEST Mark"'s ^.

In Fordham Hill in the Bronx, NY; mid-1960s:

A mimsy
A clapsy
I roll my hands
Touch back-sy
My right hand
My left hand
High as the sky
Low as the sea
I touch my knee
And my heal
And my toe
Now over we go!


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,dischmid
Date: 08 Mar 18 - 09:23 PM

Our version in the ‘50s in Northern Minnesota:
Plainsies
Clapsies
Roll-the-ball (while rolling our hands around each other)
To backsies (touching both shoulders)
Right hand
Left hand
High water (bounce ball high)
Low water (bounce ball low)
Touch your heel
Touch your toe
Touch your knee
And away we go! (Lift leg and bounce the ball under it)
-Repeat the cycle clapping before each move
-Repeat rolling hands before each move
-Etc.


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Rivereclown..learned from my sister and her
Date: 11 Mar 18 - 08:30 AM

Queensies
Clapsies
Twirlabout
Tabapsies
Highsities
Lowsities
Right hand
Left hand
Touch my knee
Touch my toe
Touch my heel
And under we go
chanted while bouncing a ball and catching it..never knew where it originated or what " Tabapsies " meant either


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Subject: RE: Mimsies, clapsies? Origin?
From: GUEST,Joanne
Date: 11 Jun 18 - 11:17 AM

What we used to say is:

Mime a clapsie
Roll my ball a babsie
High go seek
Low go seek
Touch my knee
Touch my heel
Touch my toe
and under we go (go under bend knee)

(from the 50's)


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